BOAT HANDLING EXPERIENCE DAYS 2022

The Pirate Castle will be running our popular in house Boat Handling Experience Days throughout 2022.

These non-certificated one day attendance courses provide a friendly, hands-on experience supervised by our skilled and experienced staff, and cover all the basic canal boat and lock handling skills required to make your future boating a much more enjoyable (and safe) experience.

Perfect if you're new to boating, contemplating a boating holiday or just want to brush up your existing boating skills!

The experience day covers the following topics:

  • Boat set up and engine checks
  • Boat equipment
  • Rope-work, knots and mooring
  • Steering and 'Rules of the Road'
  • Lock operation
  • General safety
  • Currently, up to 4 trainees may attend each course but this number will be subject to any future Covid-19 restrictions that may be put in place.

    The course costs £170 per person for the day and we will require a minimum of two trainees attending for a course to run.

    Our Boat Handling Experience Days will run 09:00 - 17:30 on the folllowing dates in 2022:

    • Sun 13th March
    • Sun 24th April
    • Sun 22nd May
    • Sun 12th June
    • Sun 17th July
    • Sun 21st Aug
    • Sun 25th Sept
    • Sun 16th Oct
    • Sun 20th Nov

    Other dates may be available upon request (see below)

    Please note that all the experience days above will take place on board our narrowboat, 'Black Pearl'. If you would prefer your experience day to take place aboard our wide beam, 'Pirate Prince' then please contact us to arrange a bespoke experience day. We can also offer a bespoke BHED aboard your own vessel if you prefer (subject to availability and your vessel meeting our requirements) for £215 per person up to a maximum of four people.

    If you would like to join one of our courses, please contact us at info@thepiratecastle.org or andrew@thepiratecastle.org or call us on 0207 2676605.